This was a practice painting/portrait I did like 20 years ago. Yeah I know, don’t laugh, I copied her off a poster just to see if I could do the hair, leather affects, and the silky lace, I not only discovered I could make it look just like it, I discovered I could make it look better!. I just created the background from imagination. the clouds are almost like dark wings on her. The rocks that she is resting against were designed to draw the viewer into the background where they are met by a gull screeching at them for daring to look beyond the obvious. The sea gulls were inspired by Jamie Wyeth!
I gave the painting to Lisa’s mother through some friends who knew her, I thank she wrote a note that said “thank you, it’s very nice” – that’s all I’ve ever heard about it. I stopped “copying” after this painting except for the occasional commissioned Masterpiece reproduction. ( the ones that look impossibly hard to do)
When you’re just learning, copying photos, or other art helps you learn what you can do with a brush or pencil, but the goal should be to “just to learn” so you can “be completely original”!
When I hear comments like ”that looks like a photo” or hear the term photo realism I have to smile, because a photo is just a sketch to be used and surpassed and some of my paintings are very simple they just give the illusion of perfection that no photo could attain. Copying photos real good should not be the goal (if you see the shadow from the flash you know it was just copied and is how a lot of artists get stuck, I would rather see a completely original work of art even if it is child like to some because its art and creative and original. 24 × 30 Oil painting